Are you at work? Doing household chores? Paying bills? Catching up on e-mail? What would you rather be doing? In a recent survey of more than 1,000 women conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Instead Softcup, 65 percent of you said that you would prefer to be using your time for relaxation, including activities such as reading, watching television and surfing the Internet. Fifty-four percent of you would choose to spend time with friends or family, and 46 percent would be running or another form of working out.
So, how can you get the stuff you need to do done and still leave time for the things you would rather be doing? On a recent Real Women on Health radio show sponsored by HealthyWomen, professional organizer Natalie Schrier, president of Cut the Clutter in New York City, offered some key tips.
Here are her top three things to remember:
1. Never leave a room empty-handed when you walk out. Look around, grab something that doesn't belong there and deliver it to the right place. This will save you hours of straightening up on the weekend.
2. Make downtime efficient! For example, catch up on phone calls while grocery shopping; clean the kitchen junk drawer while you wait for your coffee to brew in the morning; straighten the bathroom while your flat iron is warming.
3. Go paperless and sign up for electronic statements and bill payment wherever possible. This will minimize the amount of snail mail you have to open, sort and process, thus leaving you time to devote to other activities.
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